President of the
Republic of Senegal
Président de la
République du Sénégal
Macky Sall
since 2 April 2012
ResidencePalace of the Republic
Term length5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holderLéopold Sédar Senghor
Formation6 September 1960
Salary15,210 USD annually[1]

The president of Senegal (French: Président du Sénégal) is the head of state and head of government of Senegal. In accordance with the constitutional reform of 2001 and since a referendum that took place on 20 March 2016, the president is elected for a 5-year term, with a limit of two consecutive terms. The following is a list of presidents of Senegal, since the country gained independence from France in 1960.

Palace of the Republic


Term duration

In January 2001, during Abdoulaye Wade's first term, a constitutional referendum reduced the presidential term from seven to five years.[2]

In July 2008, during Wade's second term, the National Assembly approved a constitutional amendment increasing the length of the presidential term to seven years, as it was prior to the adoption of the 2001 constitution. This extension didn't apply to Abdoulaye Wade's 2007–2012 term.[3][4]

In 2016, during Macky Sall's first term, per another constitutional referendum, the length of the presidential term was decreased back to five years. The amendments were adopted in constitutional law № 2016-10.[5][6]

Term limits

As of 2021, there is a two-term limit for the president in the Constitution of Senegal. There was an attempt to modify the term limits in 2012 for Abdoulaye Wade, but it did not materialize.[7]



The Palace of the Republic is the presidential residence, located in Dakar in the Plateau district. After having been the official residence of the Governor-General of French West Africa. The construction of the palace in its first state was ordered in 1902 by Gaston Doumergue, Minister of the Colonies, to house in the capital the Governor General of AOF who was then residing in Saint-Louis. The architect was Henri Deglane.[8]

Presidents of Senegal (1960–present)

Main article: List of presidents of Senegal


Macky SallAbdoulaye WadeAbdou DioufLéopold Sédar Senghor

Latest election

Main article: 2019 Senegalese presidential election

See also


  1. ^ "The highest and lowest paid African presidents - Business Daily". Business Daily.
  2. ^ "Elections in Senegal". African Elections Database. Retrieved 10 June 2023. Main Points: Reduction of Presidential term from 7 to 5 years((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "afrol News - Senegal approves presidential term extension". afrol News. 30 July 2008. Archived from the original on 9 December 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2023.
  4. ^ "Titre III : Du Président de la République". Gouvernement du Sénégal. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2023.
  5. ^ Macky SALL; Mahammed Boun Abdallah DIONNE (5 April 2016). "Loi constitutionnelle n° 2016-10 du 05 avril 2016 portant révision de la Constitution" (in French). JOURNAL OFFICIEL DU SENEGAL. Archived from the original on 29 January 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2023. Article 27. - La durée du mandat du Président de la République est de cinq ans.
  6. ^ "Senegal referendum approves shorter presidential terms". BBC News. 23 March 2016. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2023.
  7. ^ Cook, Candace; Siegle, Joseph. "Circumvention of Term Limits Weakens Governance in Africa". Africa Center for Strategic Studies.
  8. ^ "Palais Présidentiel / Sénégal". Retrieved 18 June 2023.